Spring has sprung, and that means Father's Day and high school and college graduations are coming up fast. This year, push the gift envelope by giving something you've made just for them, something they'll treasure and enjoy year-round.
You'd like to make gifts for your dad and for friends and family members who are graduating, but your time is limited, right? Not to worry. We have just the idea for you -- Warm and cozy throws of fleece or flannel that stitch up quickly and easily.
In this Easy Does It series, we give you instructions for three throws -- two pieced and one simply tied. Use our color combinations or create throws in the colors of their favorite teams or schools. Consider choosing colors that will blend with a new apartment's decor or will match Dad's favorite chair. The possibilities are endless.
2. Cut the Fabrics. Cut one 55 x 72-inch rectangle from leopard print. Cut one 55 x 72-inch rectangle from solid black fleece.
3. Layer the leopard print and solid black fleece 55 x 72-inch rectangles with wrong sides together. Sew the rectangles together, stitching 5 inches from the raw edges.
4. Cut 1-inch-wide fringe along each edge, stopping a scant 1/4 inch from the stitching line. Cut away each corner (see Diagram 1).
5. Tie opposing fringe pieces in square knots to complete the throw (see Diagram 2).
1. To make the best use of your fabrics, cut the pieces in the order that follows. Quantities specified for 44/45-inch-wide cotton flannel fabrics. All measurements include a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.
2. From each red check or plaid, cut 3 6 x 42-inch strips. From red-and-blue paid, cut 3 6 x 42-inch strips. Cut enough 2-1/2-inch-wide bias strips to total 240 inches in length.
3. From each blue check or plaid, cut 3 6 x 42-inch strips. From blue fleece, cut 1 50 x 66-1/2 rectangle.
4. Aligning long edges, sew together two 6 x 42-inch strips to make a strip set. Press the seam allowance in one direction. The pieced strip set should measure 11-1/2 x 42 inches. Repeat to make a total of nine strip sets. Cut six 6-inch-wide segments from each strip set for a total of 54 segments.
5. Lay out six strip set segments in a vertical row; sew together. Press the seam allowances in one direction. The pieced row should measure 6 x 66-1/2 inches, including the seam allowances. Repeat to make a total of nine vertical rows.
6. Join the vertical rows to complete the throw top. Press the seam allowances in one direction.
7. Layer the throw top and blue fleece 50 x 66-1/2-inch rectangle with wrong sides together; baste.
8. Use the red plaid 2-1/2 x 42-inch bias strips to bind the throw.
1. Cut the strips the length of the fabric (parallel to the selvage). From green plaid, cut 3 8 x 72-inch strips. From tan plaid, cut 4 8 x 72-inch strips. From hunter green fleece, cut a 53 x 72-inch rectangle.
2. Aligning long edges and alternating colors, sew together the green plaid 8 x 72-inch strips and the tan plaid 8 x 72-inch strips to make the throw top. Press the seam allowances in one direction. The pieced throw top should measure 53 x 72 inches, including the seam allowances.
3. Layer the throw top and hunter green fleece 53 x 72-inch rectangle with wrong sides together.
4. Using a four-thread overlock stitch on your serger and green texturized nylon serger thread inthe loopers, serge the layers together. If you prefer to bind the edges of the throw, cut the remaining plaid fabric into enough 2-1/2-inch-wide bias strips to total 240 inches in length. Use the strips to bind the throw.